Explaining what maths is in a tweet…

During this weeks #mathschat @LearningMaths posted something like “it comes down to what we think maths is”.

This gave me the idea of trying to crowd source a definition based on peoples tweets. I follow a wide selection of mathematicians, maths teachers, computer programmers so I think I could get some interesting responses.

Please tweet to me (@DrBennison) your definition of what mathematics is. The only rule is that it must be no longer than a tweet, i.e. 140 characters.

My attempt is the following

A creative discipline with problem solving as a focus; to expose truth and beauty in the world around us in a rigorous, reproducible way.

Sounds a bit ….. I’m sure you can all do a lot better than me! I look forward to seeing your tweets.

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